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If a boater is looking for versatility, then there’s no doubt that a center console should be part of the conversation, and EdgeWater has been building them for more than 25 years. The EdgeWater 230CC is the first in a new line of boats for the company, and this build shows off much of what the design team has learned over the years.
Of course, EdgeWater uses a proprietary Single Piece Infusion Structural System, which combines engineered knitted fiberglass fabrics with foam composite structural stringers and vinylester resin into the mold in one step, resulting in a single-piece construction with an advantageous ratio of components, to minimize weight and maximize strength. EdgeWater takes the construction of the 230CC just as seriously as the company’s larger models, which range from 15’1” (4.6 m) up to 37’ (11.2 m) in the center console configuration, and from 24’6” (7.5 m) to 28’ (8.53 m) in the crossover design.
Stern Platform and Transom Area
Beginning at the stern platform, many boaters will find it easy to step aboard here because the platforms extend beyond the aft bulwarks 3’3” (.99 m) on either side of the single outboard. On our test boat, the engine was a 300-hp Yamaha, an upgrade from the standard 250-hp Yamaha F250. There’s a platform deck all the way across forward of the splashwell to simplify moving about this area for engine checks or from which to launch watersports.
On the aft end of the starboard platform is a telescoping, folding, three-step reboarding ladder beneath a hinged cover that opens outboard. ABYC standards require a ladder that extends 22” (.56 m) to aid in reboarding. On the portside platform there’s a hatch to a stern anchor locker.
Our test boat had the option of four rod holders ($472) across the aft side of transom. To port on our test boat is a 28-gallon (106 L) livewell ($858) with a clear gasketed lid so it may be pressurized to keep bait happy when the running gets rough. There’s a 17” (.43 m) wide transom gate to starboard opening inward, with a stainless slide bolt latch and an 8” (.20 m) step down into the 25” (.64 m) deep cockpit through the gate.
A standard retractable tow pylon raises the connection point for the towline to 22” (.56 m) above the top of the transom; plenty of height to clear the top of the engine cowling.
Except for where the gate precludes it, there’s a 33” (.84 m) wide bench seat across the transom with snap-in-place seat cushions and padded bolsters that serve as backrests. The seat has a locker beneath for stowage with a gasketed, guttered lid to drain away water before it intrudes. A removable hatch in the bottom gives access to the finished bilge, pumps, and through hulls.
To port is a 12-gallon (45.4 L) livewell. The lids are finished in nonskid to serve as an aft casting platform when the cushions are stowed, but anglers should bring their boat shoes as those cushion snaps may be tough on the feet. There’s a cover USB plug to juice up devices at the port end of the transom bench.
In the 11” (.28 m) wide covering boards to both port and starboard, there are two rod holders per side. The cockpit has padded bolsters all around to allow anglers or passengers to brace against them in comfort.
Beneath the powder-coated leaning post is a 40-quart cooler that stows on a dedicated tray that keeps it from sliding around, yet has a lift-and-lock latch that, when lifted, slides the cooler aft to allow the lid to be raised to access the contents.
The leaning post itself is a handy structural element on this boat, for passengers to brace against while seated in the cockpit. The post also has a grab handle across its aft side for passengers to use while standing or sitting.
Three under-gunwale rod holders to starboard keep tackle off the deck while one other is to port. On that side, there’s stowage and a raw-water washdown bibb.
The helm and companion seats have contrasting upholstery with diamond stitching, custom embroidery, and slots for ventilation in the seatbacks. Fold-down armrests and two separate fold-up bolsters make these seats more comfortable and versatile for the helmsman. The seats have a robust fiberglass backing and a wide grab handle behind for cockpit passengers.
There are fire extinguishers in dedicated, recessed stowage brackets in the bulwarks to both port and starboard of the console, so they don’t interfere with the 22” (.56 m) wide side decks. The console has grab handles welded to the integrated windshield frame and T-top supports on either side for security when moving fore and aft.
The windshield is made of 3/8” acrylic and it is framed forward and to both sides. The frames are robust and integrated into the T-top support frame. On top of the console, the compass is mounted on centerline. Our test captain prefers it be aligned with the steering wheel, which is offset to port.
There’s a 12” multifunction display, the Yamaha engine display, a Fusion stereo control head, and a bank of switches for electrical components. The test boat had rocker switches but EdgeWater tells us that this model will be equipped with push buttons in the future, and that the dash will have a leather brow treatment as well. The helm has a cushioned stowage area for odds and ends that would benefit from a little bit more of a raised edge.
The stainless steel wheel has a steering knob and is mounted on tilt base. Moving starboard across the helm dash from the wheel, we find the Lenco trim tab control with LED indicators, single-lever Yamaha engine control binnacle, and a pair of stainless steel beverage holders, with a covered USB receptacle in between – makes sense since cupholders often serve as phone holders these days. There’s a molded-in angled footrest, with room for toes in a recessed area below for a variety of comfortable helm positions.
The console has a seat on its forward end, facing forward and handy to the bow social area. The seat has a cushioned backrest, and a recessed latch because it’s incorporated into the door to the console interior.
The T-top is ruggedly built and supported on a powder-coated welded-aluminum frame. There are built-in three-color LED lights to light the helm and leaning post, plus LED spreader lights positioned to light the foredeck and cockpit. The T-top also has stereo speakers, a mesh bag for stowing life jackets, and mounts for outriggers. Taco 15’ outriggers ($2,663) are available as an option.
An electronics box houses the VHF marine radio and glovebox stowage with a flip-up lid. Grabrails to either side extend far back to let passengers hang on in comfort. Five rocket-launcher rod holders line the aft end of the T-top.
Inside the Console
Inside the console, the sole is two steps down, where the overhead height in the console is 5’1” (1.5 m) and 3’11” (1.20 m) over the standard Porta-Potti with pumpout, but there’s an available electric head with dockside pumpout ($3,297).
The boat’s batteries are in the step, and the electrical panel with battery switch is to the starboard side. Robust stainless steel opening portlights are on either side. Lockers in the lower aft bulkhead of the compartment can be used to stow dive tanks or fenders. There’s dedicated stowage for the tabletops in here as well, along with the folding carbon-fiber poles for the sunshades.
The tables stow vertically in slots behind the Porta-Potti, and, when they’re removed, a lid drops into place that creates a flat surface and prevents small objects from dropping in there. Cargo-net stowage on the portside bulkhead and under the seat in the door will come in handy.
There’s also a powder-coated rail on the top of the bulwarks next to the caprail that begins amidships and continues to the bow. A 6-½” pull-up cleat on the caprail amidships to port and starboard are welcome for mooring. The bow has wraparound seating with padded bolsters all around to act as a backrest.
Lockers beneath the bow lounges are convenient stowage for tackle or fenders. At the aft end of the seating on either side is a side table of sorts with a built-in separate beverage holder and rod holder, along with a covered USB receptacle to charge a device. The bow table is standard and is made of vacuum-formed plastic, and has a trapezoidal shape with beverage holders in the four corners and finished in SeaDek matting.
The foredeck is finished in nonskid and has a pair of 6-½” pull-up cleats to manage the docklines, as well as separate port and starboard navigation lights. The anchor locker is beneath a hatch in the foredeck, and it has a channel forward out the front that allows the anchor line to run straight forward. The locker lid is held open with a gas-assist ram, to let the skipper deal with the anchor with both hands. There’s an athwarthships cleat in the locker right at the front edge, to make it easy to secure the rode, and a Danforth anchor hangs by its stock with its shank pointing downward, with bungees to hold the ends in place. An available windlass ($2,682) with forward controls can automate the anchor recovery process.
The EdgeWater 230CC has a LOA of 22’8” (6.90 m), a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m), and a draft of 15” (38 cm) with the engine tilted up. With an empty weight of 3,900 lbs. (1,769 kg), half fuel, three people and test power, we had an estimated test weight of 5,347 lbs. (2,425 kg).
With the 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke turning an 18T 15 ¼ Saltwater Series 2 propeller and running up to 5700 rpm, we reached our top speed of 51.1 mph. Best cruise was reached at 3500 and 28.5 mph. It was at that speed that the 9 gph fuel burn translated into 3.2 mpg and a range of 314 statute miles, all while still holding back a 10-percent reserve of the 110-gallon (416 L) total fuel capacity.
With minimal bowrise, we accelerated to planing speed in 3.2 seconds, reached 20 mph in 5.7 seconds and 30 mph came and went in 9.4 seconds.
With calm water we were left with crossing the wake of our camera boat and found that she transitions with no pounding and a smooth re-entry. Her chines carry all the way to the bow to form spray rails creating a dry ride. Hard turns showed just a touch of ventilation on the prop, even trimmed all the way down, and no chine walk. Overall, she’s a fun boat to drive and she seems to like being driven hard, and we feel she’d do very well offshore in reasonable conditions.
Noteworthy Standard Features
- • Single Piece Infusion (SPI) Structural System
- • Retractable ski pylon
- • Powder-coated leaning post, T-top frame, recessed bowrail, and grab rails
- • Fiberglass hardtop
- • Forward walk-in console with fiberglass liner
- • Bow table
- • Bow filler cushion
- • Freshwater washdown
- • Raw-water washdown
- • Underwater blue LED lights
- • Dedicated stern anchor locker
$120,000 base price with 250-hp Yamaha F250 4-stroke outboard.
Transferrable Lifetime Limited Warranty
Astute observers will note that the EdgeWater is particularly well-designed, tooled, and finished. The builder has packed a lot of functionality into 23’ (7.01 m), but not at the expense of well-crafted details. Items such as its in-gunwale rod racks, integral T-top supports in the console, the bow casting platform system, carbon fiber poles for awnings, and stern platform treatment, among others, demonstrate EdgeWater’s attention to detail.
The company says that what “ultimately separates EdgeWater from Grady-White, Pursuit, Everglades, and Boston Whaler is our exclusive structural systems – Single Piece Infusion or SPI®. Weight is critical for superior hull performance and fuel economy, and SPI creates an incredibly strong, one-piece, unsinkable structure that can endure the most extreme stresses and adventures.”
We should add that this EdgeWater is one of only three brands that we know of that will put in writing that their boats will float level if swamped.
All of the above is costly, and EdgeWater shares that distinction with the other boats at the top of the center console pyramid.
The design shows signs of evolution, with next-generation features and versatility built into a hull that runs smoothly on her variable deadrise hull.
With a long list of standard features, the 230CC can be fitted out with upgrades that make sense for the way each owner will use the boat.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Edgewater 230CC (2018-) is 51.1 mph (82.2 kph), burning 26.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 100.3 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Edgewater 230CC (2018-) is 28.5 mph (45.9 kph), and the boat gets 3.2 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.36 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 314 miles (505.33 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 300-hp Yamaha.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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